Interview: Chiara De Zan

First few basic questions, who are you, what are you doing, where are you coming from?

I am Chiara De Zan, I was born in 1987. I currently live in Casarsa della Delizia, a small town located on the right bank of the Tagliamento River in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy. In 2006 I trained in fields such as photography and advertising graphics; further, in 2022 I graduated in visual arts and floriculture from IAP Career College and trained as a Holistic Practitioner while still remaining attentive to the need for continuous professional updating.

My work has taught me a lot, both on a spiritual and professional level. Through dedication to the art of flower arranging, I have grown as an artist and have had the opportunity to be part of art collectives despite my disability. In 2022, I had the opportunity to join a collage art collective known as Ticg (The International Collage Guild). I am currently experimenting with new art forms in image transformation through collage, sculpture, and photographic works. I have made my art available online on platforms such as Artsper and AP Global to make it visible to as many people as possible.

How would you describe your style? And how quickly you found your “style”?

Since I try to be a modernist artist who infuses cultural inspiration and new ideas, my work constantly pushes the boundaries of photography and graphics. The combination of these two forms of movement allows me to create new works that incorporate future trends into art. My representative style is a fusion of movements and ideas, while I look to the future through the personal inspiration that I draw from the current modernist art. In addition to creative inspiration, my future dreams feed me as I try to transform them into reality through modernist art. This is a continuous process that inspires me daily. My work moves and changes constantly thanks to new artistic inspirations. My art is always at the forefront and always in training.

Can you tell me about the process of making your work? When you have an art session, do you have a similar pattern of how the creative process flows?

My avant-garde artistic process is similar to an analog collage as it is both digital and analog. For this reason, the use of software applications helps me to create new digital works of art. This requires that I pay attention to a stimulus – which is the beauty of art – and propose new ideas. These ideas motivated me to continue studying artists who have created similar pieces in the past. This leads to ambivalent feelings about the past while I continue to study more modern artists. These modern artists inspire me toward an artistic future with a constantly changing horizon.

When you start a new piece, do you have a clear vision of where to start or what you are going to do?

I believe that my work of art has a distinct vision. From the avant-garde of the past to the future movement and modernism in the present, my work includes all three. I am inspired by what I see around me and I use this inspiration to create new art. I try to express myself better through every job by removing everything that is not necessary. This encourages new art through dynamism and harmony in my pieces.

What is your artwork exploring, underneath everything, stripped down to the core?

My current DISPERSION work is defined by ambiguous cuts and chromatic moments. It involves a continuous stimulus in distributing images that overlap in a digital cut, which is my character expression, and my moment of definitive net rebirth.
The Artsper platform currently showcases my works which are on sale.

Do you work on multiple pieces at the same time or simply focus on one?

I am constantly looking for new inspirations for my current transformation work. I need more ideas to mix in my representation of reality to increase movement and impact. To achieve this, I focus on multiple projects. This gives me the opportunity to combine different works with different relevance. In this way, I am further motivated to create art with a wide range of meanings. It is also a completely fascinating process that inspires me to become an artist.

What is your workspace like?

The act of drawing inspires me to express myself freely. I miss this when I work in digital media. My current work environment limits me to a mobile phone and a computer, but my manual collage still fascinates me. Despite my small working space, I found a way to use additional space. In particular, when my previous works inspire me, I can see views of them.

What inspires you and your works? And how does that inspiration show up in your works?

Modern art constantly pushes me to create new art. Every modern artist I admire inspires me to push the boundaries of my work, provided that it is not too similar to their style. Instead, I focus on the past and on the present to find inspiration; I draw inspiration from the abstract works produced by my study. They must be vibrant, but at the same time subdued. The colors help to guide my inspiration. The idea behind a piece often inspires me. And I also inspire myself when I work on the improvisation of ideas. And this often inspires me to continue creating art that arouses continuous inspiration in me.

How important is the meaning you believe a piece of art has to you? Do you want your viewers to understand or know why you made your art?

Art must transmit a message, trigger thoughts and create an effect on its audience. It must also make people aware of the artist and inspire them to create new art. My art is significant because it expresses everything I love most of life. It is not difficult to understand but it is not must be taken for granted. It is a way for me to express my ideas through new ways of making art and, hopefully, inspiring future artists.

If you should describe your art with one word, what would it be?

Telling the artistic masterpiece with a single word is not easy, but I choose freedom.

Chiara De Zan around the internet

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